When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.
When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death.
This book had me completely immersed from the first page to the last. It has been quite some time since a book has truly kept my complete interest and provided twists and turns within the story that were unexpected, yet believable. This was a fabulous debut novel! I loved Aurelie’s character and Silas was everything I look for in a hero. The mystery surrounding Lady Jayne had me intrigued and kept me turning the pages. The conclusion was surprising, real, and unexpected while being completely satisfying. The friendship between Aurelie and Silas gave this story so much hope and heart. This book switches character points of view for some of the chapters and it is done seamlessly. I always am leery of things written from a first person perspective, but this was done impeccably. It truly gave the reader depth and insight into Aurelies thoughts and feelings and made her character come to life in this book. I loved that this author was not afraid to tackle the hard or messy things in life in this story. This book is going in my top 10 list for the year! I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I am excited to see what comes next from Joanna Davidson Politano. I am an instant fan!
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*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.